Maps, information and safety

How to Find Us

The Rainbow Trails are situated off the B4395 between Llangadfan and Llwydiarth. The nearest postcode is SY21 0QD. This should take you to Hendre Cottages on the B4395. *On the Google map below the top red marker is Hendre car park, the middle one is the postcode and the lowest one is Penyfford car park. (Zoom in or out if needed)

For Penyffordd Car Park and Rainbow Trails HQ.

Located on the B4395 between Llangadfan and Lake Vyrnwy. You can get on to this road from the A458 (Mallwyd to Welshpool) at Llangadfan or from the A490 (Llanfyllin to Welshpool) at Llanfyllin, taking the B4393 and then left onto the B4395 signposted to Llwydiarth and Pont Llogel. The postcode SY21 0QD will get you to on the right road about a mile away.
Llangadfan and Llwydiarth are the nearest villages and Llanfyllin is 9 miles.
OS Grid Reference: SJ 019 133

For Hendre Car Park.

From the A458 Llangadfan heading to Lake Vyrnwy turn right onto the B4395 and go past the signed turning on the left for the Rainbow Trails at Penyfford. Continue for 1 1/2 miles/2.6 km before turning left in between 2 cottages. There is a blue P parking sign. Or approach from Llanfyllin taking the B4393 and then left on to the B4395 signposted to Llwydiarth and Pont Llogel. Then turn right at Hendre cottages.The Hendre car park is 300 hundred metres up this road on the right hand side. The postcode SY21 0QD will get you to  Hendre Cottages.
OS Grid Reference: SJ 026 151

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Rainbow Trails Map (click on map for larger image)

Parking

Couldn’t be easier. Wide hard-topped tracks, or metalled roads, lead you to large hard-standing parking areas especially suited to horse-boxes or trailers.

The Trails

All the Rainbow Trails are way-marked and colour-coded. An information board, large map and free individual route maps are available from the dispensers at both car parks or you can print them off via the link above. The trails are a mixture of hard and soft tracks, from part-metalled to grassy. Occasionally if they have been resurfaced due to damage, sections can be stony. If you would like advice on which routes might be suitable for you and your horse, just e-mail us at trailsrainbow@gmail.com  and we’ll be happy to help.

FACILITIES

Pen y Ffordd

Easy Access for horse boxes and trailers with specially designed easy in/easy out parking. Information point with Interpretation board, general information, map dispensers, picnic tables, hitching rails and strategically placed natural stone mounting blocks. There are also post and rail corrals for your horses to cool down and relax in but please shut the gates after you. Penyffordd is also where our Headquarters is – a building with kitchen facilities and seating areas which is open during most of our events and pleasure rides.

Hendre Car Park

Situated on the far side of the forest this is where the Carriage Driving routes start and it has a safe and quiet area for putting to. That’s not to say riders can’t use it – all are welcome – it is a great starting place to give you and your horse instant access to the forest trails, a different view and to pick up the trails over to Lake Vyrnwy. Our Picnic ride in September always starts from here. Good parking and turning area, post and rail corrals for horses before and after your ride or drive, hitching rails, mounting blocks, Information and interpretation board, Map dispenser, sheltered location.

Organisations/Events

If you are interested in holding a riding/driving or other event in the forest, please contact us for more information on NRW permissions requirements and to avoid possible clashes with other activities. Additional facilities available for organised events are: An extended car park for use at special organised events Our Headquarters – a building with kitchen facilities and seating areas

SAFETY

SAFETY FIRST at the Rainbow Trails

Riding and Driving in the forest is a wonderful experience but users do need to be aware of the following;

  1. The forest is a working forest where felling and tree removal take place. Always be aware that large scale machinery may be in parts of the forest. Any warning signs and diversions posted by the forestry Commission must be followed.
  2. There are several dwellings situated within the forest. Be aware of possible traffic. There is a 15m.p.h. speed limit but this may not always be upheld.
  3. Always tell someone which route you intend to take and your approximate time of return. Although there are a few spots in the forest where you can get a mobile phone signal – do not rely on this as a method of communication.
  4. Always wear hi-viz clothing if possible. This can be seen more easily amongst a forest setting.
  5. Always take a map with you. They are available from the dispenser at Penn Ffordd Car park.
  6. Make sure that the routes you are riding are suitable and are open to horse riders.

Carriage Drivers

All of the above apply but also;

  1. Stay to the designated carriage routes.
  2. Always carry your spares kit, head collar and lead rope.